50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The June 1 Protest

November 4, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — In 1997, a group of eco-protesters tried to save a stand of 40 large trees that were slated to be removed in downtown Eugene.

With the clock ticking and bulldozers waiting, Eugene Police finally moved in.

The date was June 1st, and the event came to be known as the June 1 protest.

In the weeks and months to follow, the Eugene City Council was forced to address a political hot potato: the formation of a police civilian review board.

But that didn’t happen right away.

And lawsuits stemming from the protest took up to five years to settle.

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